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Digital Literacies

Concepts, Policies and Practices


Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel

This book brings together a group of internationally-reputed authors in the field of digital literacy. Their essays explore a diverse range of the concepts, policies and practices of digital literacy, and discuss how digital literacy is related to similar ideas: information literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, functional literacy and digital competence. It is argued that in light of this diversity and complexity, it is useful to think of digital literacies – the plural as well the singular. The first part of the book presents a rich mix of conceptual and policy perspectives; in the second part contributors explore social practices of digital remixing, blogging, online trading and social networking, and consider some legal issues associated with digital media.
Contents: Colin Lankshear/Michele Knobel: Introduction: Digital Literacies - Concepts, Policies and Practices – David Bawden: Origins and Concepts of Digital Literacy – Genevieve Marie Johnson: Functional Internet Literacy: Required Cognitive Skills with Implications for Instruction – Maggie Fieldhouse/David Nicholas: Digital Literacy as Information Savvy: The Road to Information Literacy – David Buckingham: Defining Digital Literacy - What Do Young People Need to Know About Digital Media? – Leena Rantala/Juha Suoranta: Digital Literacy Policies in the EU – Inclusive Partnership as the Final Stage of Governmentality? – Morten Søby: Digital Competence - From Education Policy to Pedagogy: The Norwegian Context – Allan Martin: Digital Literacy and the «Digital Society» – Ola Erstad: Trajectories of Remixing: Digital Literacies, Media Production, and Schooling – Lilia Efimova/Jonathan Grudin: Crossing Boundaries: Digital Literacy in Enterprises – Julia Davies: Pay and Display: The Digital Literacies of Online Shoppers – Michele Knobel/Colin Lankshear: Digital Literacy and Participation in Online Social Networking Spaces – Colin Lankshear/Michele Knobel: Digital Literacy and the Law: Remixing Elements of Lawrence Lessig’s Ideal of «Free Culture».